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Original press release for the premium sound system designed for the Dodge Caliber:

Visteon and Boston Acoustics(R) Deliver Customized Sound . Inside and Out . On the 2007 Dodge Caliber

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Feb. 14, 2006 -- Visteon Corporation , in partnership with Boston Acoustics(R), is pleased to provide the 9-speaker premium branded audio system on the Chrysler Group's boldly designed 2007 Dodge Caliber, launching at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Caliber is the latest in the new generation of Chrysler Group vehicles to feature a signature high performance sound system co- engineered by Visteon and Boston Acoustics. Visteon and Boston Acoustics also provide the customized sound systems in Chrysler's 2006 Jeep(R) Commander and Jeep Grand Cherokee, PT Cruiser and PT Cruiser Convertible models, the Chrysler 300C, as well as the Dodge Charger and Magnum.

Visteon's audio engineering expertise combines with Boston Acoustics' custom-designed, precision-crafted speakers to distribute the smooth, octave- to-octave tonal balance known as the Boston Sound(TM) to all points of the Caliber's interior with crystalline clarity. Visteon's Digital Signal Processing produces sound with remarkable clarity and fidelity, and the Caliber's audio system is engineered to optimize the vehicle's interior environment, accounting for such acoustic factors as seat location, interior fabrics and materials, and speaker placement.

The Dodge Caliber takes premium audio innovation a step further, offering the optional Boston Acoustic MusicGate Power(R) sound system, which features articulating speakers built into the rear lift gate. With the lift gate up, the speakers can be swiveled down and out to project the vehicle's interior soundstage to the outdoors.

"Visteon is a leader in automotive electronics and audio engineering, and pleased to provide our innovations and expertise to the Chrysler Group," said Julie Fream, Visteon customer group vice president and general manager. "We are happy that the Visteon-Boston Acoustics partnership continues to enhance the Chrysler Group's ability to offer its customers a premium quality audio environment."

"The Caliber is a bold new direction for Dodge and the MusicGate Power audio system allows consumers to enjoy The Boston Sound like never before," says Michael Chass, vice president of Boston Acoustics' OEM Division.

About Boston Acoustics

Founded in 1979, Boston Acoustics, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets high performance audio systems for use in home music and audio-video systems; after-market and OEM automotive systems; and custom built-in audio systems. Highly regarded for creating The Boston Sound(TM), the company is renowned for delivering superior, competitively priced products emphasizing performance, consistency and value. For further information, visit the company's web site at http://www.bostonacoustics.com/.

D&M Holdings Inc. (TSE II: 6735) is based in Tokyo and owns the Denon, Marantz, McIntosh Laboratory, Boston Acoustics, Snell Acoustics, D&M Professional, ReplayTV(R) and Escient(R) brands. Denon, Marantz, McIntosh and D&M Professional are global industry leaders in the specialist home theater, audio/video consumer electronics or professional audio markets, with a strong and long-standing heritage of manufacturing and marketing high-performance audio and video components. Boston Acoustics, with its signature The Boston Sound,(TM) is a leader in premium loudspeakers for home and audio markets. Snell is a super premium speaker brand. The ReplayTV and Escient brands represent award-winning technologies in digital home entertainment. Additional information is available at http://www.dm-holdings.com/.

Visteon Corporation is a leading global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative climate, interior, electronic and lighting products for vehicle manufacturers, and also provides a range of products and services to aftermarket customers. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Kerpen, Germany; the company has more than 170 facilities in 24 countries and employs approximately 50,000 people.
 

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Boston Accoustics Premium sound review for Caliber

Stereo Evaluation - Edmunds Inside Line

Caliber: Fully Loaded Stereo

System Score: 8.0

Performance: We've been pleased with Boston Acoustics sound systems before and the same is true for the optional system in the Caliber R/T. It doesn't sound as good as a similar stereo in the Chrysler 300C but sound quality overall is still better than average.

Where this optional stereo really shines is in the reproduction of high and midrange vocals and instruments. The sound is clear and very pleasant. The bass is also very good, thanks to the subwoofer that comes with the Musicgate system. The lows hit with authority and most of the time the bass is sharp and well-defined but occasionally it turns muddy, especially on tracks that have a lot of electric bass guitar. Also, if you boost the bass some body panels can vibrate, causing an irritating buzz.

This Boston Acoustics sound system sounds great for loud, in-your-face rock, rap and even R&B and country; but more delicate types of music, like bluegrass or some folk, don't sparkle the way they would on other upgraded audio systems. With more complex recordings and overdubbing, there is little separation, which can be a little taxing to listen to after awhile. Still, given the Caliber's "It's anything but cute" ad campaign, Dodge would probably say, "Who cares about delicate!" Fair enough.

So even if you never flip down the Musicgate that pops out of the rear liftgate, you'll still get a decent system. But we really like the flip-down speaker feature — it's both novel and useful. Even if you step a few yards from the car, the music still sounds good and has more than enough volume to liven up any tailgate party or beach BBQ. Maybe keep a set of jumper cables handy though, you know, just in case.

Best Feature: Flip-down Musicgate.

Worst Feature: Lack of separation even with the Boston Acoustics speakers.

Conclusion: The Musicgate option plus a six-CD changer adds up to about $800 worth of audio system options. But if the right stereo matters and you don't want to bother with aftermarket installation headaches, it's money well spent. — Brian Moody
 

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I wanna see about doing the kicker setup, is it worth it? or do they use the low end kicker versions
 

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"Best Feature: Flip-down Musicgate."

If that's considered the best feature, that's not saying much for the system as a whole.
 

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I wanna see about doing the kicker setup, is it worth it? or do they use the low end kicker versions
Kicker doesnt really make a low end, but Kicker speakers and amps in general dont sound that great to begin with. The amps do rated power and in all cases over rated power that I have seen.

I still wouldnt fork out the money for the Boston system either. Id rather do my own at a fraction of the cost and better speakers, amps, and parts in general.
 

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Yes, the BA and kicker stuff can be bought with the vehicle but for the price it cost you can get a MUCH better sounding aftermarket stereo and still have it look stock.

Just out of curiosity how much is t he BA or Kicker option?
 

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I have the BA Premium system now, but wanna upgrade all the speakers. Does anybody besides Kicker offer a speaker that will fit in the Musicgate? Anybody have a recommendation on a good speaker to use to upgrade the door speakers and tweeters in the dash??
 

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I have the BA Premium system now, but wanna upgrade all the speakers. Does anybody besides Kicker offer a speaker that will fit in the Musicgate? Anybody have a recommendation on a good speaker to use to upgrade the door speakers and tweeters in the dash??
Just about any 3-1/2" speakers will fit the musicgate, the dash speakers are a uncommon size, but you might be able to mod a 3-1/2" speaker in there.
 
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